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New Episode Airing Now in Podcast on Demand!
with Special Guest Deberah Williams. CEO, A Fresh Start LLC & Founder, The Launch
7 episode series on Preparing for a College Education
Topic:  Episode #2 "Building the Student Profile"

About the Show

Welcome to the There is Life After Layoff® Show with Host Ali.
The lyrics in the show's theme song "Failure is not Final" clearly define this show. This show takes an up close look at how you can turn failure into a gift and grow from each adversity (such as a job layoff) that you experience.  Ali artfully and passionately delves into in -depth conversations with guests as they share how they used adversity to their advantage to help them thrive and reach a greater level of success. Callers call in to live broadcasts to add their perspective to the conversation.

More About Episode 2 of The Launch Series
Now Airing in Podcast on Demand

Episode Title and Description

Episode Title:  Preparing for College Education Series-Part 2 Building the Student Profile

Special Guest Co-host: Deberah Williams, CEO/Founder of "A Fresh Start LLC" and creator of The Launch:Souring into Higher Education Program
Joined by Launch Team Experts: Barbara Clifton and Pam Miles

In this episode join Ali and special guest Co-host, Deberah Wlliams, Founder of The Launch: Souring into Higher Education Program for part 2 of this informative series to help take the guesswork out of preparing your child(ren) for college. On tonight's episode The Launch team of experts will focus on how to build a student profile and why it is so important. Tune in to qualify to win a complete scholarship consultation package!

Podcasts on Demand

The Launch Series - Episode #1
with Special Guest Deberah Williams, Founder of The Launch

To learn more about the Launch Program Click logo image to visit the website

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with Special Guest DeYonne Parker

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Episode Topic:  " Where Are All My Dreamers At"

Insights shared by Special Guest: DeYonne Parker, Author, Speaker Empowerment Coach
Author of "Girl Get Your S.W.A.G. Back!
Happy New Year! Do you aspire to do better and be better in in the new year? What are your dreams and goals or do you even dream? Join Ali and hear insights from Empowerment Coach, DeYonne Parker about why creating a vision board is a great way to focus on what you truly desire out of life!  "If your dream doesn't scare you...then it's not big enough!"-Mark Batterson
Meet DeYonne:  

After being violently attacked with a 6-inch butcher knife by her sister's abuser, DeYonne Parker began to live a life full of fear and brokenness. From this incident, she lost her true identity and began to live an inauthentic life. After years of living this way, she decided to stop fakin', foolin' and frontin' and come from behind her mask of fear. With God's amazing grace and power, she rebuilt her life and now passionately shares her message to motivate the masses. She has spent over 20 years of her life pouring into the lives of ladies, leaders and little girls to help them rebuild, regain and reclaim the life they truly desire and deserve to live. 

DeYonne's greatest joy in life and first ministry is being the wife of Mr. William Parker and mother to two handsome young men. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Bellevue University. Parker also holds certifications in adult learning, facilitation, instructional design and master-level leadership development programs. She is also a certified executive business and personal empowerment coach.  


Parker is the published author of the life-changing book, ​“Girl, Get Your S.W.A.G. Back!: A Soul-Freeing Journey for Women” and the Soul-Spirations Blog. She is also the Founder of The S.W.A.G. University and the Master Coach of the 6-week virtual S.W.A.G. Master Class, where women of all ages and life stages are challenged to restore, renew and reignite their Self-confidenceWalk with GodAttitude of Gratitude and their God-given Gifts and Talents 

More about the Live Broadcast that aired on Tuesday 12/19/2017 @ 7 pm - Podcast Now Available!  

Episode Title and Description

Episode Title:  Testimony Tuesday

Join host Ali as she shares with you her personal testimony from the current year and what she is believing God for in 2018! Call in and share your story of triumph and victory despite life's obstacles! We overcome by the sharing of our testimony! Looking forward to hearing from YOU!

with Special Guest Janet Williams, Community Outreach Manager, Autism Speaks. Georgia & Tennessee

Episode Title and Description

Episode Title:  Knowledge is Power Autism Speaks

Special Guest:  Janet Williams, Community Outreach Manager, Autism Speaks

In this episode Ali and Janet talk about Janet's personal journey through her son's "Autism Spectrum Disorder" diagnosis and how she armed herself with knowledge to do what's best for her son!

Meet Janet:

Janet Williams, Manager - Community Outreach

Autism Speaks – Georgia & Tennessee

Janet is the Community Outreach Manager for the Georgia Chapter of Autism Speaks. She is responsible for implementing and producing Community Meetings and Town Halls to accelerate mission progress and fuel revenue growth. These meetings are designed to share with our community the many resources and services that Autism Speaks provide.

Janet began her involvement with Autism Speaks in April 2014, shortly after her son received an Autism Diagnosis. Janet’s desire to learn more about her son’s diagnosis is what helped fuel her passion for more involvement and volunteer work with Autism Speaks, leading her to Chair the 2016-2017 Atlanta Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with

Janet, is a resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia, mom to 4 children and she’s grand-mother to a beautiful grand-son. Janet enjoys all aspects of event planning, home decor, and loves to spend time with family and friends.

with Special Guest Dr. Erika Gibson, Author & Speaker

Episode Title and Description

Episode Title:  Preparing Girls for War

Join Ali and special guest, Author & Speaker, Dr. Erika Gibson, as she shares her personal journey of how she was able to overcome her own personal obstacles while growing up and why she is now committed to preparing girls to face and conquer the ever present war that life often presents. Dr. Gibson is the author of the recently published book Preparing Girls for War which is an honest and frank discussion about the challenges that girls face as they go through life and about the importance of arming themselves with the right tools that will help them to navigate the course by making good choices

Meet Dr. Gibson:  Dr. Erika Gibson is an energetic, high integrity Corporate Leader and Healthcare Provider who is known for her expertise as a Change Agent, Leadership Trainer, Speaker, Mentor, Process Improvement Consultant, Executive/Adolescent and Personal Coach.

Erika Gibson received a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree from Dillard University, a Master of Science Degree (MSA) from Central Michigan University, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBBS) from the University of Science Art and Technology School of Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree from Life University. Amongst her educational degrees, Dr. Gibson is also certified as a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma Statistical Methodologies and a Certified Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Professional Mentor.

Erika began her career on a path that is rare among many other healthcare professionals. After many years of direct patient care, Dr. Erika transitioned into Executive Healthcare, where she gained extensive knowledge that allowed her the ability to impact policies, procedures and patient outcomes from an administrative outlook. Dr. Gibson has served in various leadership roles in Fortune 500 Companies as the Chief Operation Officer, Vice President, Southeast and Tristate General Manager, Executive Director, Clinical and Operational Director, Consultant and New Business Start-up Leader. She is the Co-Founder of Vitality Health Care, Incorporated.

Recognized for her expertise in cost savings, leadership, coaching, training, mentoring and public speaking, Dr. Gibson has provided leadership and consultation services to many Fortune 500 Companies in multispecialty Organizations. Erika has facilitated Member and Physician Advisory Groups and Clinical Advisory Panels for various Managed Care Organizations.

Dr. Erika Gibson has been married for 18 years to Dr. Clayton Gibson, III and has two children, Hailey and Haiden.  

with Special Guest Alfa Anderson, Vocalist, Soul & Dance Music Icon (Former Lead Singer of the group "Chic")  

Episode Title and Description

Episode Title: Saying "YES" to Life!

In this episode Ali and Alfa talk about Alfa'a journey and how embracing her gift of music allowed her to say YES to life. 
Meet Alfa Anderson:  

Alfa Anderson is a soul and dance music icon whose voice defines an entire era of popular music. As one of the original lead vocalists in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated group, Chic, she helped producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards build a mountain of gold and platinum albums with hits like "Le Freak," "Good Times," and "I Want Your Love." To the delight of fans all around the world, Alfa's "soulful, sensitive delivery" (Billboard) takes center stage with the release of Music From My Heart (2017), her very first full-length solo effort. She premiered the album with a standing room-only concert at Joe's Pub (The Public Theater) in July 2017.

with Special Guest Glenn Jones, Grammy Nominated, Stellar Award Winning R & B Singer and Songwriter

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Episode Title and Description

Episode Title:  "Catching up with the Ambassador of Love!"  

Meet Mr. Glenn Jones Grammy Nominated, Stellar Award Winning R & B Singer & Songwriter

In this Episode Ali welcomes Grammy Nominated, Stellar Award Winning, R&B Singer and Songwriter, Mr. Glenn Jones, best known for his #1 chart stopping hits such as "We've Only Just Begun" Here I Go Again”, “Stay”, “I’ve been Searching” and “Baby Come Home”. Proclaimed as the "Ambassador of Love," Glenn has been using his gift of music to touch the lives of others for over 30 years! Join Ali and get to know how he has been able to stay true to his himself, his talent and most importantly to God. 
Meet Glen Jones:   For over 30 years Glenn Jones has been using his gift to touch others in a way that only his voice can do. Just one listen to the proclaimed “Ambassador of Love” and you will know why the powerhouse vocalist and love song perfectionist has surpassed the test of time.

Glenn Jones performs "I've Been Searching" on Tom Joyner's Fantastic Journey 2016


"Honoring the Ones We Love" a special tribute and honor to the late James P. Coleman III, brother of Show Host Ali.  

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    Photo of James P. Coleman III
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    Photo of James walking his sister Ali down the aisle at her wedding
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    James with his mother MaryJane Coleman who he is with again in heaven
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with Special Guest Sheree Knowles, Founder, HR Knowledge Source

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Episode Title and Description

Episode Title :  " Are You Tied to the Money?"

In this Episode Ali and Sheree discuss Sheree's intriguing story about how "chasing the money" in her career left her to question herself and her competencies...but at what cost?"

Meet Sheree:

Sheree Knowles is a talented executive with over 22 years of human resources leadership. She is the Founder and Chief Human Resources Officer for HR Knowledge Source, a human capital consulting firm. She has served in senior-level roles for companies with regional and national geographic footprints. Her most recent role was as the Vice President of Human Resources for a $1B professional services firm in Atlanta, GA. During her career in Human Resources, Sheree served in a regional role providing HR support in New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast territories. She has also held national HR roles and provided support across the U.S. Sheree has worked in a variety of industries including professional services, insurance, litigation, technology, education, automotive, supply chain management and logistics. Prior to a career in Human Resources, Sheree worked in case management and supported several non-profit initiatives.

with Special Guest Joshua Leonard 

with Special Guest Deberah Williams, Founder, A Fresh Start LLC

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with Special Guest Ryan Kilgore, Jazz Saxophonist

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Preview and Listen to Ryan's Music

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Episode with Guest Co-Host Shar Marshall "Virtual Book Signing for the There is Life After Layoff Empowerment & Rediscovery Journal"

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Episode with Guest Lisa Molly Williams-Powell "If you are willing...God is able" 

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with Special Co-Host Shar Marshall, Founder, Changing Faces Makeup Artistry.  

Episode 1 Topic- "The Shack" Bestselling novel by William P. Young, now in theaters

 Episode 2  Topic:  "Looking Forward"

with Guest Co-Host ShaunThomas, Founder, EntrepreNewHER and Featured Guest Shuana Tillman-Fletcher, Community Advocate, Founder of Tillman-Fletcher Company, CMHT, ICAADC. 

Topic:  "EntrepreNewHER Spotlight on Shuana Tillman-Fletcher"

with Special Guest Maura Gale , Actress, Author & Creative Visionary, Founder of Maura Gale Worldwide

Topic: "Catching up with"OMG!"

with Host Ali and Executive Producer Mel D

Topic: "Super Bowl Bound-Rising Up in support for the Atlanta Falcons!"

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More About the Show

There is Life After Layoff® Show was divinely inspired by the personal journey of the host, Alicia " Ali" Ward, through her experience with job layoffs. Ali's emotional, spiritual enlightenment and growth; partnered with her willingness to face her own truths while being transparent, provides for a safe and friendly conversational style show format.

The show explores the emotional and spiritual journey of individuals who have recently been laid off or are facing a pending layoff. The show also creates insight for individuals who are in pursuit of their life's purpose; individuals who are stuck in unfulfilling careers/jobs; as well as new or aspiring entrepreneurs. Geared toward addressing the emotional impact and uncertainty of how to move forward, the show’s format tackles topics that are real and provides a platform that which focuses on life, family, relationships, livelihood and faith after layoff and unforeseen life circumstances.

Along with Host Ali, special guests and invited co-hosts are featured to share personal stories of triumph through difficult life occurrences. The goal is to inspire and empower listeners about learning to survive and discover a life of purpose after experiencing the impact of a layoff or other life-altering event. Listeners are encouraged to call-in and join the conversation with our  guest subject matter experts from various fields.

Host Ali's Bio

Meet Host Ali

Alicia Ward is a wife and mother of two adorable children who now resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a “Native New Yorker” who as a teenager, relocated to South Florida with her family where she attended high school and developed a love for sports. Upon graduation, Alicia continued her education and was successful at graduating with honors from the historically renowned Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

After graduating from Tuskegee, Alicia pursued her professional career by relocating to Atlanta, after securing a position as a Commercial Production Underwriter. It was while working in this capacity, that Alicia encountered her first experience with being laid off. After only four years, the company announced that they planned to consolidate offices and as a result, the decision was made to relocate the local underwriting function out of state. It was at this time, that Alicia decided to remain in Atlanta and pursue other options for employment. Needless to say, Alicia was devastated and didn’t know what to do or where to turn. It took a little over a year before she was able to secure employment and pick up the pieces of her life and professional career and move forward. This was a very tough road to travel and she lost a lot of her self-esteem in the process. However, once again, her love for sports helped her to re-build her self-esteem as she decided to pursue a lifelong dream to become a competitive bodybuilder. Following and accomplishing this dream, allowed Alicia to not only transform her body, but also to transform her entire outlook on what it takes to live a balanced life (physically, emotionally and spiritually).

After fighting her way back, Alicia worked throughout various industries ranging from non-profit to education, which brings us to the present. As life oftentimes repeats itself, once again, and with no advanced notice, Alicia found herself being laid off from her job of almost fourteen years as the Transfer Credit Coordinator and Commencement Coordinator at a major post-secondary college, for the second time in her professional career. However, there was one major difference about this particular time. The difference was that Alicia felt a PEACE about her layoff and accepted it with a positive outlook.

Understanding that the peace that she had was a blessing and a sign from God, she decided to use this experience as way to not only re-discover who she is but to also follow her life's purpose, which is to inspire and empower others to use their gifts and talents to walk in their true purpose or passion. This realization resulted her being divinely inspired to use of one of her longtime passions, of writing, to create her blog “There is Life After Layoff® (" The success of the blog resulted in her hosting a weekly blog talk radio show of the same name. It is her journey of truth, transparency and growth through the experience of a layoff.

Walking in her life's purpose has also afforded Alicia with the opportunities to use her talents in such areas as: Life Coaching/Mentoring, Motivational Speaking, Guest Writing (on other blogs), Book Editing, Website Design and Conference Hosting just to name a few. She is a proud member of The National Association of Professional Women and the National Alliance of Women in Media. She also continues to run daily and participates in local road races.

Alicia's life is a true testimony of how keeping God First and being obedient will guide you towards your life's purpose and if asked to sum it all up in three words, her response would be, "WORK IN PROGRESS"